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How to jump higher: Some hints from Big-Air Champ Bibiana Magaji

After riding stable into both directions it’s usually just a small step to land the first jumps with your kite. But … there’s a huuuge difference between a jump and a real high big-air-jump! Of course it’s not only the wind force that makes the difference … it’s mainly technique that catapults you in giddy heights, says big-air-champion Bibiana Magaji who will reveal some important tips for higher jumps below.

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FAQ about kitesurfing VOL. 5: It’s all about boards (and boots).

Wanted: Kiteboard!

A little guide to find the right board – and the decision for straps or boots.

After harness, kite & bar, the kite etiquette and tips how to find the right equipment the last article of the FAQ series is about kiteboards.  As all other kind of equipment also the board is always a hotly debated topic with thousands of different opinions – not only about the size of the board but also concerning the question “Boots or straps?” as well as “Should I leave the grab handle on the board or not?” The content of this article is a combination of a) a lot of research work and b) experience of friends, a lot of kitesurfers I know and my humble self.

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FAQ about Kitesurfing VOL. 3: The kite etiquette. Behaviour rules for kitesurfers

About bad habits, No-gos on the kite beach and how to prevent them

Basically it doesn’t matter which kind of sports you choose: There are always people who can spoil the fun for everyone.  Sometimes more, sometimes less – and often times it’s just small things which get on our nerves. But nevertheless you have to wonder where some people lost their good manners. It doesn’t matter if you are on the top of a mountain or at the beach – we should always take a big amount of respect, fairness and courtesy with us.

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FAQ about kitesurfing VOL. 2: Four line or five line kite?

How many lines … still a controversial issue.

This 5th line! In my experience it’s a topic which splits the kitecommunity into to camps. You either love or hate it. I always compare it with the question: How to eat Nutella on a bread – with or without butter? Do you know anyone who doesn’t care about this choice? Not me. There is no either/or. (Well, it’s only possible without butter. No question.)

Ist der Unterschied zwischen Vier- und Fünfleinerkites vergleichbar mit dem zwischen Waveboard und Twintip? (c) H. Fuchs
Is the difference between four line and five line kites comparable to the difference between a directional and a twintip? (c) H. Fuchs

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FAQ about kitesurfing VOL. 1: Seat or waist harness?

What’s better for me?

Especially in the beginning of a kitesurf career the whole equipment thing can be quite confusing. There are a lot of decisions to make: Which harness, which kite should I choose? Is it absolutely necessary for a beginner to take a big board? What about second-hand equipment – is it a good idea to search for used material or should I buy everything new? And so on and so forth. One problem is: Everybody tells you something different. One of your kite friends swears by only one brand, another one tells you to never buy one piece of this brand cause it’s bad stuff. In online kite forums where you hang around in hope of inspiration you find thousands of different opinions (and everyone knows it better than the others) – which is even more confusing.

(c) Helmut Fuchs
Seat or waist harness? An essential question for kitesurf beginners. (c) H. Fuchs

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